E3 Level Up Wrap Up: New Nintendo Console And More (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011


The big news out of E3 for Nintendo is the official announcement of their new console which we first told you about a few months back.  Due out in 2012, the name is the “Wii U” and we can only hope they didn’t pay a marketing company a lot of money to come up with that name.  The new console will feature a touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics.  Up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk controller, Classic ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM and Wii Balance Board. 

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The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive and will feature an IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor.  Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included.  The good news is that the new console is backwards compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.  The Wii U Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
3DS Update Released…Finally!
A couple of months after its release, Nintendo has finally released a system update to allow 3DS owners to access the Nintendo eShop and the internet web browser.  The eShop gives you access to downloading games like Super Marioland, Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening, and more.  For a limited time you can download the old classic NEW game Excite Bike for free.  Eventually you’ll be able to download movies from Netflix although that is still not live as of yet.  You can also Download the free Pokédex 3D application available exclusively through Nintendo eShop, and start collecting data on over 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Version games! This exciting new application lets you see each Pokémon in 3D with animated motion and sound, and you can rotate the Pokémon image 360 degrees to zoom in and view it from any angle. The detailed Pokédex also allows you to search, sort, and filter all of the data you receive in a variety of ways, making it the essential guide for Pokémon fans.
To download the update go to your system tools, then your Other Settings, and then scroll over a couple of times to get to System Update.  Make sure your 3DS is fully charged and it’s a good idea to have it plugged in just in case.  The update takes about 10 minutes or so to complete.
New Tomb Raider coming in 2012
Lara Croft will be returning in 2012 in a new game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix.  This game will take Lara back to the beginning of her adventuring career as a young 21-year old woman.  Lara journeys to an island off the coast of Japan aboard the Endurance, a salvage vessel helmed by Captain Conrad Roth. Before anchoring at bay, the ship is cleaved in two by an unforeseen storm leaving Croft separated from any other survivors and washed ashore. She must endure physical and emotional torture in order to survive the island.  The game will be available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Microsoft Windows in the third quarter of 2012. Check out the trailer.

Halo 4 Announced for 2012
Look for the latest installment of the Halo series to be released in the third or fourth quarter of 2012.  Halo 4 will be developed by 343 Industries. The game continues some time after the ending of Halo 3, and marks a return of the Master Chief as the playable character. Cortana will also appear in the game.[4] The official website was launched shortly after the E3 press conference, and states: "Set in the aftermath of Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Halo 4 marks the start of a new trilogy that begins with its release in 2012."

Mass Effect 3 new trailer
Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release on march 6, 2012 and a new trailer showing the Reapers attack on Earth has been released.  Enjoy!

UTV Ignition Games announces Dragon’s Crown for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita
UTV Ignition Games today that Dragon's Crown will release in 2012 for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. As the first VanillaWare-developed title to ever feature high-definition visuals, four-player cooperative onscreen action, and realtime online gameplay, Dragon's Crown heralds a true breakthrough in both scope and depth for this renowned Osaka-based developer.
 Dragon's Crown thrusts you into a fantastical medieval world packed with labyrinthine dungeons to explore, vile monstrosities to smite, and nearly endless online adventure. Your mission is to dive into the dank underworld, uncovering treasure and strengthening your mettle as you unlock the secret behind the ancient dragon threatening the world. Simple, easy-to-learn controls allow anyone to dive into the fray and enjoy the breathtaking sword-and-sorcery action. In addition to long-lasting gameplay, the game also features a vast array of character customization features - with six wildly different classes to play, raiding the catacombs for epic loot remains fresh and engaging.
Let me just say this…I don’t know if this game will be any good…but you have NEVER seen characters proportioned like these…just check the trailer out to see what I mean.  I mean how can these women stand on two feet without tipping over???

Konami announces Blades of Time
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced Blades of Time, a brand new action title coming to Xbox 360®  and PlayStation 3 in early 2012. Developed by Gaijin Entertainment,  Blades of Time takes a page out of the "hack-and-slash" genre and slices new gameplay mechanics to the genre by incorporating a beautiful heroine, a colorful cast of supporting characters, multiplayer functionality and lush environments.
In Blades of Time, players don the persona of the gorgeous gunsword-wielding treasure hunter, Ayumi. Blessed with beauty and a trigger happy finger, she's on a mission to find lost bounties in a mysterious and dangerous island. Quickly, she learns this island isn't just trees, berries and gold – but something more sinister lies beneath the surface. As the wonderment of the island becomes to reveal itself, she learns this land can gift her powers man can only dream of, but also she's not alone on this island! Thank goodness she brought her own weapons. Ayumi then proceeds to battle against menacing villains on the island by destroying them and everything in her path while looking to acquire magical powers that only the strongest warrior can possess.

Ubisoft Announces Killer Freaks from Outer Space for the Wii U
Ubisoft announced the creation of a new intellectual property being developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii U.  Created by Ubisoft Montpelier, Killer Freaks from Outer Space is a revolutionary new first person shooter (FPS) and will release in conjunction with the launch of the new console from Nintendo.  The groundbreaking new console and controller from Nintendo are the inspirations for a whole new take on the FPS genre in Killer Freaks. 
“When we realized the potential of what Nintendo was offering by creating a tactile controller, we were off and running immediately,” said Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft’s France studios.  “Having that extra screen in the hand of the player allows us boundless innovation that ultimately give the player a more beautiful game, a faster game interface, a personalized game experience, and so much more.”   In the game, vicious and insane hordes of Killer Freaks from Outer Space have invaded the planet.  As one of the world’s last survivors, the player must stalk the Killer Freaks across the globe – killing each and every one of them - to determine who will rule the earth, humans or Killer Freaks.   This one looks really cool!

Nintendo gives provides release date and trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
As announced at E3, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released in November or December of this year.  Skyward Sword is a prequel to Ocarina of Time.  The incarnation of protagonist Link that appears in the game was born and raised in Skyloft, a group of islands floating above the clouds.  Leading an ordinary life there, Link discovers the Skyward Sword one day, which leads him to another, previously unknown land beneath that is ruled by evil forces.  Using the sword to travel back and forth between sky and land, the mystery of why the two worlds became separated is gradually revealed to Link.  The Skyward Sword becomes the Master Sword at some point in the game, and assumes the form of a female figure while giving Link advice.


Be sure to check out our previous E3 article here as well as our Top 10 Trailers From E3.